Ralph Keller Bucher, 92, of Seligman, Ariz. died May 28, 2013. He was born October 4, 1920 in Denver, Colo. to Ralph and Katherine Buck Bucher.
In 1926 his father passed away and his mother later married Ancel Taylor, an Indian Trader and post master in Peach Springs, Ariz. The Hualapai Indians named Ralph, Barney Taylor. To this day he is known as Barney Taylor in the Seligman/Peach Springs area. He spent winters in a military academy in Los Angeles and summers in Peach Springs working in the trading post helping the Indians with language, reading and writing.
During high school, Ralph lived with friends graduating from Phoenix Union High School in 1937. In 1934 he joined DeMolay and remained supportive for 75 years.
After high school Ralph attended UC Berkley, Calif. During that time he joined the National Guard and Army Coast Artillery. He returned to UC Berkley and graduated with an engineering degree and worked for Naval Ordnance Test Station in China Lake, Calif., later earning his Masters Degree in engineering.
Ralph was an active Master Mason since 1959: joined York Rite and served as High Priest. He was also an active member of Shriners, Order of Eastern Star, White Shrine of Jerusalem and Order of the Amaranth.
Ralph and his wife Jane retired to Seligman in 1972. They built their home and managed the Thunderbird Indian Store. Together they sailed the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and traveled all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Mediterranean. The two shared many more adventures in their years together.
Ralph is survived by his wife Jane, children Bonnie Manda (Edwin), Ralph Bucher (Jill), William Dorey (Samula), and John Bucher.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Monday June 10 at Norvel Owens Mortuary in Flagstaff followed by Graveside services at 2 p.m. at the Williams Cemetery, Williams, Ariz.
Condolences can be sent to www.norvelowensmortuary.com.